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20140129110245-rob_hornstra_-_shiprestaurant In the shadow of Putin’s prestige project   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rob Hornstra at Huis Marseille Museum voor Fotografie December 14th, 2013 - March 9th
Posted 1/29/14

Making waves early on as the first Dutch photography student to graduate with a limited edition artist’s book and being recognized as a prodigy by the likes of Martin Parr, Rob Hornstra has always received his fair share of attention. But these last couple of weeks the spotlight has been considerably brighter. The reason: the upcoming Winter Olympic Games. For over five years Hornstra, together with writer Arnold van Bruggen, has traveled throughout the Caucasus to document the “reali... [more]

20140115141522-dance_still_04 Of the city and its melancholy   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Hans Op de Beeck at Museum Arnhem December 7th, 2013 - March 30th
Posted 1/15/14

With Hans Op de Beeck it’s all about feelings. The Flemish artist’s main aim in life is to evoke a smile, a tear, relief, elation, anger, anything but emotional dullness. In his construction of mood-inducing stages, his chosen medium, he knows almost no restrictions, except for his own perfectionism. His eye for detail and love for craftsmanship are just as present in his small black-and-white watercolors as in the eighty square-meter installation Merry-go-round (2005), which features a... [more]

20131231113020-mondrian_girls1 Amsterdam 2013 Superlatives   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/31/13

By a contingency of scheduling, our Amsterdam 2013 superlatives always seem to get published at the start of 2014. That’s okay. This hangover week, as we recover from festivities, resolving to eat lentils and drink lots of water, is as good of a time as any to reflect on the year past. The galleries prepare to open; the work we’ve put aside tiptoes from periphery to center. Sure, we could fall right back into pensive reviews and editorial, but instead, let’s have one last recap to... [more]

20131219075549-cutaways Phantoms Inc.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Agnieszka Kurant at Stroom Den Haag December 1st, 2013 - February 23rd
Posted 12/19/13

Did you know that in the 1920s a con artist sold the Eiffel Tower – twice? Or that Spain and Portugal once claimed discovery and settlement of the same nonexistent island? That MoMA might own an artwork by Marcel Broodthaers that isn’t an artwork at all? Collecting this sort of fun factoid is all in a day’s work for Agnieszka Kurant, the New York-based Polish artist who is equal parts scholar, editor, necromancer, and philosopher. In her interdisciplinary practice, stories, rumors, and... [more]

20131203191446-radiant_bodies_and_unreal_aliens Too much of a good thing?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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De Ateliers Galleries Akinci, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Trouw Amsterdam, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Borzo modern & contemporary art, Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, VZL / Contemporary Art, Boetzelaer|Nispen, Witteveen Visual Art Centre, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Stigter Van Doesburg, EYE, International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA), Annet Gelink Gallery, Flatland Gallery, Lumen Travo Gallery, Ornis A. Gallery, Upstream Gallery, Galerie Van Gelder, Grimm, Gerhard Hofland, Juliette Jongma, De Oude Kerk, Galerie Ron Mandos, Manifesta, Galerie Onrust, Castrum Peregrini, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam Others Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Slewe, C&H Art Space, tegenboschvanvreden, Torch, Artist residencies Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Martin van Zomeren Institutes/Museums de Appel arts centre, Galerie Fons Welters at Capital A November 29th, 2013 - December 1st, 2013
Posted 12/3/13

How much space do you need to organize an art fair? Not much, prove galleries Boetzelaer|Nispen and Jeanine Hofland. In their modest adjoining spaces, on fewer square meters than measures an average family home, they set up A Petite Fair. Twelve young international galleries showed work by as many artists. The flavor was overwhelmingly neo-conceptual, ranging from Bas van den Hurk’s poetic experiments with dyes and textiles and Oliver Michaels’ black-and-white photographs of bizarre... [more]

20131120170614-prixderome2013-torenbosch-9007 And the winner isn’t…   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Christian Friedrich, Falke Pisano, Remco Torenbosch, Ola Vasiljeva at de Appel Arts Centre October 25th, 2013 - January 26th
Posted 11/20/13

The 2013 Prix de Rome exhibition at de Appel in Amsterdam got me thinking about payoff, the rewards of looking at art. I’m not mad at “Museums as Playgrounds” or Banksy – as far as I’m concerned, if you’re getting people into museums or talking about art, that’s a good thing. Nor do I think anyone would accuse me of hating on difficult art. For me, one of the best parts of writing about art is pushing myself to be more open minded, to spend time with art, str... [more]

20131106122141-_dsc3114 Just cute doesn’t cut it anymore   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sayaka Abe, Genpei Akasegawa, Ryoko Aoki, Kaoru Arima, Chim↑Pom, Takahiko Iimura, Zon Ito, Masaru Iwai, Takahiro Iwasaki, Teppei Kaneuji, Tsubasa Kato, Junko KIDO, Takayoshi Kitagawa, Kengo Kito, Fumiko Kobayashi, Yamashita + Kobayashi, Meiro Koizumi, Mami Kosemura, Shimon Minamikawa, HIDENORI MITSUE, Toshihiko Mitsuya, Yumiko Morisue, Shinji Ohmaki, Katsumi Omori, Hiroe Saeki, Ataru Sato, KEI TAKEMURA, Kazuyuki Takezaki, Keiichi Tanaami, Yuken Teruya, Momoyo Torimitsu, Naoyuki Tsuji, Ryohei Usui, Finger Pointing Worker, Masao Yamamoto, Ryohei Yanagihara, Yuichi Yokoyama at Kunsthal KAdE September 21st, 2013 - February 2nd
Posted 11/6/13

From a monitor a man in a hazmat suit points his finger at us. Close by, the worrying crackle of a Geiger counter sounds. Two steps into Now Japan, at Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort, the most urgent parameters of present-day life in Japan are forced upon the visitor. This is a nation dealing with the aftermath of a devastating tsunami and the resulting meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Its artists deal with the fallout in their own way. The suited man in the video, an anonymous artist... [more]

20131023162035-ikoiko_from_the_series_the_afronauts_2012_c_cristina_de_middel Black power in a parallel universe   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Cristina De Middel at Foam - Fotografie Museum September 13th, 2013 - December 11th, 2013
Posted 10/23/13

The Russians had Laika and Yuri Gagarin, respectively first dog and first man in space. The Americans hit back with Neil Armstrong, who made his small step/giant leap onto the moon’s surface. But both superpowers could easily have been eclipsed by Zambia, if only it had been up to Edward Makuka Nkoloso. In the early sixties, this village schoolteacher, who styled himself Director of the Zambia National Academy of Space Research, had developed a full-blown plan to win the space race. Neither... [more]

20131009170254-20131006_161224 Playing with Gray Matter   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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lotte geeven at P/////AKT September 21st, 2013 - October 20th, 2013
Posted 10/9/13

Conceived as half of a two-exhibition series titled A Matter of Sight and Light and Matter, Lotte Geeven's solo show at PAKT plays with the viewer’s perception, right off the bat. The most striking installation in the Zeeburg gallery is a series of stripes, ranging from black to white, which turn the banal chromatic shift of the venue's floor that occurs over the course of the day into something visible and discrete. Another work, this one sound-based, plays noises recorded by the artist dur... [more]

20130926063302-cf8d44a4a13a721af0b65b6efaade779 Lost and found in translation   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Olga Balema at Galerie Fons Welters September 7th, 2013 - October 12th, 2013
Posted 9/26/13

Acoording to ayou are here but she isrelease Thursdayby theateam consisting of the plancute fordoexperts foundoutanoilslick True story. And while we’re still perplexed, let us ask: What do rusty metal fountains, stretched leggings, and elongated latex hands have to do with translation? For that, I direct you to Olga Balema, whose cryptic solo show Body of Work is currently installed in Galerie Fons Welters. If it sounds like I’m being snarky, I’m not. The work, which centers on... [more]

20130914211545-20130909184048-hiorns Fall Preview: Bittersweet Nostalgia in Amsterdam   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/14/13

More than birthdays, more than New Year’s Eve, there’s something about September that viscerally marks the passage of time. A feeling of nostalgia hides under the angle of the Earth’s axial tilt. It blows in on cooling winds, grows with the lengthening shadows. It begins gradually, the bittersweet end of Summer, then suddenly there’s no time left. Last September the Stedelijk Museum reopened. Has it really been a whole year? Indeed. We’ve attended stellar exhibiti... [more]

20130909184048-hiorns Fall Preview: Bittersweet Nostalgia in Amsterdam   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/9/13

More than birthdays, more than New Year’s Eve, there’s something about September that viscerally marks the passage of time. A feeling of nostalgia hides under the angle of the Earth’s axial tilt. It blows in on cooling winds, grows with the lengthening shadows. It begins gradually, the bittersweet end of Summer, then suddenly there’s no time left. Last September the Stedelijk Museum reopened. Has it really been a whole year? Indeed. We’ve attended stellar exhibiti... [more]

20130828184026-mondrian_girls1 The Call of the Mall   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Nathan Coley, Robbie Cornelissen, Matthew Darbyshire, Sylvie Fleury, Christian Jankowski, Krijn De Koning, Gabriel Lester, LIGNA, Antonio Vega Macotela, John Miller, Wilfredo Prieto, Melle Smets, Pilvi Takala, Troika, Bik van der Pol, Lily van der Stokker, Henrik Vibskov at Hoog Catharijne and Utrecht Central Station June 20th, 2013 - September 22nd, 2013
Posted 8/28/13

I saw a wonderful thing at the mall the other day. I was standing outside the supermarket when five models wearing replica Yves Saint Laurent Mondrian dresses walked by, each leading a pure bred dog in tow. I readily joined the parade of people accumulating behind these designer dog walkers, and followed them throughout the mall where they would occasionally pause, cue music, perform choreographed poses, then move on. Let’s take a step back. Hoog Catharijne, where I spied these models, is bot... [more]

20130815082940-wall_painting___untitled__-_jan_van_der_ploeg__2013__acrylic_on_wall__pink_moon___organising_principles__9_june_-_11_august__new_art_space_amsterdam Holding up the walls   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jan van der Ploeg at New Art Space Amsterdam (NASA) June 9th, 2013 - September 1st, 2013
Posted 8/15/13

The first time I saw an artwork by Jan van der Ploeg was probably in one of the corridors of Galerie West, in Den Haag. To be honest it was the remaining part of a wall painting the Amsterdam-born painter made in 2011 (as this video documents) and I didn't even know it was an artwork at all; it was still there but all the rooms in the gallery were hosting work by another artist. Truth is, wall painting benefits from isolation and emptiness to be properly acknowledged, and Van der Ploeg's style... [more]

20130731185000-l1060921 Design That Matters: Interview with Till Wolfer of N55   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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N55, Till Wolfer at Het Glazen Huis July 21st, 2013 - September 22nd, 2013
Posted 7/31/13

Two and a half years ago, the Danish artist collective N55 developed a new bicycle design in collaboration with artist and designer Till Wolfer. The designs can be downloaded from an open source, the materials bought from pretty much any DIY shop in the world, and the bikes can be made with simple hand held tools. The aim is to reclaim production. Until the 9th of September the bikes are being exhibited at the Glazen Huis (Glass House) in Amsterdam’s Amstelpark, as part of the exhibition project Zon... [more]

20130717182135-mushroom_hunter XXXL   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Klaas Kloosterboer, Chris Martin, Jim Shaw at Submarine Wharf June 8th, 2013 - September 29th, 2013
Posted 7/17/13

First, a note on scale: In archival photos of Egyptian ruins and monuments, there’s generally a little dude and/or camel in there functioning as a yardstick. Like these little dudes and/or camels, my partner appears in a lot of my photos of art for scale. Recently he came in handy at Katharina Grosse’s show at De Pont, and again in the Louvre’s hall of large-format paintings (David’s The Coronation of Napoleon, for example, measures twenty by thirty-two feet). But never has a... [more]


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